Past BMM Conventions

From 1981 Onwards

2019

BMM Dallas, TX

  • Keynote Speaker –   Aruna Dhere
  • Chief Guests – Dr. Raveen Thatte, Dr. Jyeshtharaj Joshi,
  • Coordinator – Dilip Rane
  • Attendance -3500

BMM Honorees were

  • Art, Culture and Literature – Ashok Aklujkar, BC; Ashok Chaudhary, NJ;
  • Science,Technology and Research –  Dr. Shekhar Garde, NY;
  • Business and Industry – Sonali Surve,
  • Community – Service – Ashok Sapre, CA;
  • Youth – Vineet Dongre, MI; Atharva Kulkarni, NJ;
  • Marathi Shaalaa – Aarti Paralkar, TX;

Program Highlights – One day conference for seniors with, Business and CME conference, Banquet Dinner  and a music program by Hrishikesh Ranade and Arya Ambekar,  Saptasur Maajhe – Ashok Patki, Dhanashree Lele, Mandar Apte and Madhuri Karmarkar, Drama Dear Aajo,  Man kara re prasanna – Sanjay Upadhye, Weight loss and sugar control – Dr. Jagannath Dixit, Chintu tumachya bhetilaa – Charuhas Pandit, Swaranaxatra – Vijay Koparkar and Devki Pandit, Rubaru interview of Subodh Bhave, Bhetit Guptata Mothi – Makarand Anaspure, Hrishikesh Joshi,

Local programs – Competitions of Dhol Tasha Mandals, Art, Light vocal and classical vocal, photgraphywere held during the convention, Opening ceremony presented by the artists from Dallas  Marathi Mandal,  Sand Art by Shubhada Sahasrabuddhe, Premachya Gava Jave by Kansas City Marathi Mandal, Varhad Nighalay Londonla, Wari Pandharichi by San Jose, Srujantrayi, Batatyachi Chawl by Theatrix, NJ; Anandi mee avadhya mee,  Seattle; Kirtan ek divya parampara by Makaranad bua, Shabdeveena Savandu, Meghadoot,

Vidya Joshi  was elected the President for the two year term and later it was extended until 2022 due to Corona Virus situation.

One Board of trustee was selected to replace retiree trustee Ashish Chaughule  – New board members were   –    Mohit Chitnis (Chairman), Niteen Joshi, Rahul Karnik who later resigned his post and Sunil Suryavanshi was appointed.

Vinata Kulkarni to continue as the editor of BMM Newsletter.

2017

BMM Grand Rapids, MI

  • Keynote Speaker –  Manohar Parrikar
  • Coordinator – Anjali Anturkar
  • Attendance -3400

BMM Honorees were

  • Art, Culture and Literature – Shekhar Rahate, CA;
  • Science,Technology and Research –  Dr. Mukund Karve, NJ;  Parag Parkhi, CA;
  • Business and Industry – Bhooshan Kulkarni, MI;
  • Community – Service – Prabhakar Ganesh Joshi, IL;
  • Youth – Amruta Houde, GA; Riya Modak, NC;
  • Marathi Shaalaa – Vidya Joshi, IL;

Program Highlights – One day conference for seniors with, Business and CME conference, Banquet Dinner –  with Zee Tv artists’ orchestra and Pushkar Shrotri, Tare Zameen par – nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Vijay Kenkre, Shankar Abhyankar; Rajeev Satyal – Stand up comedy; Rujuta Divekar – Diet conference; Sangeet Sanshaykallol – Prashant Damle, Rahul Deshpande, Swapnil Banodkar and Bela Shende Orchestra, Hasyadhara by Ramdas Phutane and Naygaonkar, Rahe na rahe hum – Mrudula Dadhe Joshi, H. R. Gaikwad – Interview,

Local programs – Opening ceremony Rang Marathi Manache presented by the artists from Detroit Marathi Mandal,  Granth Dindi, Ramayan musical by Bay Area artists, Agnidivya play by Theatrix, NJ; Sangeet by Seattle Mandal, Bahkti Sangeet by Toronto Mandal, Tamashatil Tamasha – Philadelphia Mandal, Ghashiram Kotwal – Charlotte Mandal, Moruchi Mavashi – Detroit Mandal, Sur Niragas Ho – Mahesh kale,

Avinash Padhye  was elected the President for the two year term.

One Board of trustee was selected  to replace retiree trustee Moreshwar Purandare – New board members were   –   Ashish Chaughule, (Chairman), Rahul Karnik, Mohit Chitnis

Vinata Kulkarni to continue as the editor of BMM Newsletter.

2015

BMM Los Angeles, CA

  • Chief Guest – CM Devendra Phadanavis
  • Keynote Speaker –  Achyut Godbole
  • Special guest  – Vivek Ranadive, owner NBA team Sacramento Kings
  • Coordinator – Shailesh Shetye
  • Attendance -3500

BMM Honorees were

  • Jeevan Gaurav – Jayashree Huprikar, IL;
  • Art, Culture and Literature – Shekhar Rahate, CA;
  • Science,Technology and Research – Rajeev Joshi, NY;  Sameer Mitragotri, CA
  • Business and Industry – Sudhir Jambhekar, NY; Narendra Kale, IL;
  • Community – Service – Bhaskar Ghate, TX;  Shriniwas Thanedar, MI
  • Youth – Rujul Zaparde, NJ;
  • Marathi Shaalaa – Deepti  Pandit, DC;

Program Highlights – One day conference for seniors with Mohan Agashe, Business and CME conference, Banquet Dinner –  with Aditya Oke program on Harmonium – Jaduchi Peti, Abhijit Gupte, Vaishali Samant  music program, Anand Bhate – Natya sangeet , La Cinema with Jabbar Patel and other prominent dignitaries from Marathi film industry, Goshta kalya pandharya padasyachi – Niche entertainment, Marathi Drama – Lagna Pahava Karun,

Local programs – Opening ceremony presented by Gopal Marathe artists from Los Angeles,  Mahesh Kale and group Devotional music, Udakshant, NJ; Standup Comedy, Saregama contest with zee tv orchestra, Mee ani maajhaa Jose – Bay Area, Durga Zali Gauri – Houston, Padalyavar Premat, Chicago; Teen paishacha tamasha – Bay Area;

Nitin Joshi  was elected the President for the two year term.

One Board of trustee was selected  to replace retiree trustee Girish Thakar – New board members were   –   Moreshwar Purandare (Chairman), ashish Chaughule, Rahul Karnik

Vinata Kulkarni will continue as the editor of BMM Newsletter.

2013

BMM Rhode Island, NE

  • Chief Guest – Mahesh Manjarekar
  • Keynote Speaker –  Dr. Bal Phondke
  • Coordinator – Bal Mahale
  • Attendance -3200

BMM Honorees were

  • Art, Culture and Literature – Vijay Dhavale, Toronto; Subhash Kelkar – Detroit;
  • Science,Technology and Research – Dr. Prabhakar Patil. Detroit MI
  • Business and Industry – Sunil and Hemal Dhavalikar, Suma Foods NJ;
  • Community – Service – Suneeta Dhumale, CT;
  • Marathi Shala – Sujeet Upadhye – Triveni Mitra Mandal, Cincinnati;
  • Model Marathi Mandal – Austin Marathi Mandal,
  • Youth – Suchir Karmarkar, NJ;  Sanjana NArkar & Shree Narkar, Los Angeles;

Program Highlights – One day seminar for Seniors Uttarrang, Business and Continuing Medical Education conferences

Banquet Dinner with music program of Padmaja Phenany,

Sangeet Mnapaman by Rahul Deshpande and Priyanka Barve, Musical program by Ajay Atul with Hrishikesh Ranade, Kishor Kadam and Vaibhav Joshi Poetry, Dattaprasad Ranade – Marathi Gazal, Dilip Vengsarkar – Interview, Drama ‘Family Drama’ directed by Vijay Kenkare,  Other program participants Sonali Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Bhagyashree Chirmule, Vaibhav Mangle, Atisha Naik

Local programs – Opening ceremony Boston Marathi Mandal, Closing ceremony Yuvankur,  Melange by Mahesh Kale and Ashwini Bhave, Saregama contest with Zee tv orchestra and Prashant Damle, Sargandh by NArendra and  Ravi Datar, Anuja Panditrao, Samidha Joglekar; 55+ plus directory was published, A CD Mala Kahi Sangayachay – 26 stories based on American experience was published

Sunil Suryavanshi  was elected the President for the two year term.

One Board of trustee was selected  to replace retiree trustee Shri Thanedar,  another trustee Anand Joshi was deceased and was replaced by Girish Thakar,  – New board members were   –   Girish Thakar (Chairman),   Moreshwar Purandare and Ashish Chaughule

Sanjay Gokhale, NY  who took over as BMM Newsletter editor in August 2010 retired in December 2011 and Vinata Kulkarni resumed the duties as editor.

2011

BMM Chicago, IL

  • Chief Guest – Dr. Anil Kakodkar
  • Keynote Speaker –  Ratnakar Matkari,
  • Coordinator – Nitin Joshi
  • Attendance -3500

BMM Honorees were

Jeevan Gaurav – Dr. Jagannath Wani, Diwakar Karkhanis,

Art, Culture and Literature – Ushadevi Kolhatkar, NY; Youth Award – Ravi Datar, Toronto

Science,Technology and Research – Dr. Ashok Gadgil, CA; Youth Award – Amol Sarva, NY

Business and Industry – Prafulla Kulkarni , CA

Community – Service – Sunanda Tumne, Toronto;  Vinod Padhye, MN

Program Highlights – Ashok Hande’s popular program Marathi Bana, Aavaz ki Diniya, One act play by Reema Lagu, Programs by Meena Prabhu and Shobha Dey, Gaarwa by Kishor Kadam, Milind Ingle and Vibhavari Apte, Naman Natavara by Anand Bhate, Manjusha Kulkarni and Sudhir Gadgil, Interview of Shreyas Talpade, Program on Smita Patil by Ashwini Bahve and Tushar Dalvi, Marathi Drama – Love Birds,

Local programs – Opening ceremony presented by Anupama Dharkar and Chicago artists, stand up comedy, Music in Marathi Drama, Swarjhankar, Synergy, Sa regama type music competition, Bengali hispnosis, Haak Pavasachi by Dallas group, Dhumdhadaka by San Jose artists, Book publication of n American Marathi writers, Classical music by Suhas Joshi,

Ashish Chaughule  was elected the President for the two year term.

One Board of trustee was selected  to replace retiree trustee Vidya HArdikar – New board members were   –   Shri Thanedar (Chairman), Anand Joshi and Moreshwar Purandare

Sanjay Gokhale, NY  who took over as BMM Newsletter editor in August 2010 will continue.

2009

BMM Philadelphia, PA

  • Keynote Speaker –  Nana Patekar
  • VIPs and Guests –  Uddhav Thakare,  Asha Bhosale, Shankar Abhyankar, Tatyarao Lahane, Girish Prabhune,
  • Coordinator – Mukund Kute, Mandar Joglekar
  • Attendance -5500

BMM Honorees were

Art, Culture and Literature – Dr. Anant Labhsetwar, Toledo, OH Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Cary, NC

Science,Technology and Research – Dr. Digambar Borgaonkar, Wilmington DE; Dr. Suhas Patankar, Minneapolis, MN

Business and Industry – Avinash Rachmale, Detroit, MI, Anil Deshpande, Orlando, FL

Community – Service – Dr. Gangadhar Maddiwar, Banner, KY, Madhuri Mistry, Cerritos, CA

Program Highlights – Asha Bhosale’s conert was the grand event, Sudesh Bhosale accompanied her, Other artists from India were Shaunak Abhisheki, Subodh Bhave, Rahul Deshpande, Raghunandan Panshikar, Bheemrao Panchal, Vijay Ghate, Satish Vyas, Bhavani Shankar, Sandeep Khare, Salil Kulkarni, Vitthal Umap, Makarand Anaspure, Vikram Gokhale, Prashant Dmle, Sachin Khedekar, taal Atma by Aditi Bhagwat,  Sharvari Jamenis, Nikhil Phatak, Drama written by Meena Nerurkar and presented by Natyasampada with Prasad Savkar, Swarangi Marathe, Amol Bawadekar in the cast. Marathi movies were shown throughout the convention.

Local programs were Vishwanayika by Archana Joglekar, Stand up comedy, Mahesh Kale, Mrunalini Arkatkar, Anuradha Ganu, Ravi Datar, Madhuvanti Bhide, Asavari Maggiwar, Geet Ramayan  Dance drama by the artists from San Jose, One act play competition, Closing ceremony Manat Nachate Marathi by the artists from Washington DC and directed by Mayur Deval, Sangeet Palavi – Music program by Marathi youth

Madhuri Joshi  was elected the President for the two year term.

One Board of trustee was selected  to replace retiree trustee Mohan Ranade – Mew board members were   – Vidya Hardikar (Chairwoman), Shri Thanedar, and  Anand Joshi

Vinata Kulkarni to continue as the BMM Newsletter editor.

2007

BMM Seattle, WA

Keynote Speaker –  Dr. Jabbar Patel

VIPs and Guests –  CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sudhir Gadgil, Madhur Bhandarkar, Deepa Shriram, Vidya Bal, Ashwini Bhide, Manjiri Dhamankar, Asha Khadilkar, Avinash Dharmadhikari, Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, Zelam Paranjape, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, Sachi and Supriya Pilgaonkar, Suresh Bapat, Neelaxi Pendharkar, Narendra Jadhav, Ravindra Sathe

Coordinator – Jayant Bhopatkar

Attendance -2600

BMM Honorees were

Youth – Priyanka Tope,   Science & Technology – Dr. Sada Joshi, Social work  – Pramod Chemburkar, Community work – Dr. Hemant Marathe, Science – Dr. Shyamala Chitaley,  Business – Ramesh seema Lokre,  Arts – Sunil Narkar, Model organization – Maayboli.

Program Highlights – Separate one day Business and continuing medical education conference, banquet dinner, Opening ceremony –  Jointly presented by Chicago, San Jose and Seattle Mandal, Natyasangeet program Mam Atma Gamala by Asha Khadilkar,Neelaxi Pendharkar, Suresh Bapat,    Stand up Comedy, Marathi bhavget and fim music program by Swarali, One act play competitions, Pailteer by Thatrix of NJ. Stree rang by Ashwini Bhide, Zelam Paranjape, Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, Marathi Drama – Hey Ram Cardiogram by Sanjay Mone, Ashok & Supriya Saraf, Mukta Barve, Rajan Bhise, Closing ceremnony – Sur Paschimeche by the artists from N America presented by Mohan Ranade

Girish Thakar was elected the President for the two year term.

New Board of trustees were selected  and  the three members were   – Shri Thanedar, Vidya Hardikar and Mohan Ranede,

Vinata Kulkarni took over as the BMM Newsletter editor.

2005

BMM Atlanta, GA

  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar,
  • VIPs and Guests – CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sunil Gavaskar, Mangala Khadilkar, Anil Awachat,
  • Coordinators – Ajay Houde, Rajan Vedak
  • Attendance -3000

BMM Honorees were

Youth – Sonia Talathi, Music – Kishor Ranade, Science & technology – Dr, Sham Navathe, Vidyulekha Aklujkar – Literarture, Business – Anil Deshpande, Model Marathi Mandal or group in USA – Toronto Marathi Bhashik Mandal and Calaa – San Jose

Program Highlights – Opening ceremony – Dyaneshwar te vidnyaneshwar by Dr. Vidyadhar Chitale, Music by Raja Phatak, Suresh Wadkar, Hrishikesh Ranade, Bela Shende , Drama – Hum to tere aashiq hain starring Sanjay Mone and Mukta Barve, Wetsern Ghats program by NJ youth, Triveni music competition, One act plays from local Mandals, Rajendra kandalgaonkar – classical music, Sanjeev Rambhadran – film music,
Jagdish Vasudev was elected President for the two year term. Mohan Ranade to continue as BMM Newsletter editor.

2003

BMM New York, NY

After 9/11 attack on New York city, the convention was held in Madison Square Garden in New York . Maharashtra Mandal New York was the host.

Keynote Speaker –  Writer Vijay Tendulkar,  Social worker –  Dr. Prakash Amte,

VIPs and Guests –  Sharad Pawar,  Sushilkumar Shinde,  Manohar Joshi, Sudhir Gadgil, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Kumar Ketkar,

Chief coordinator – Suresh Deshmukh

Attendance -2800

BMM Honorees were

Vidya Hardikar Sapre – Literature, Kunda Joshi – Literarture – Poetry,  Jaywant Utpat- Music – Tabla Player,  Dr. vasant Lad – Science,  Prakash Bhalerao – Business,  Sandip Tungare – Enterpruner,  Swati Dandekar – Politics – Iowa state senator, Ramesh Sarva – Community Service, Amol Mhatre – Perormimg Arts, Mohan Dali – Theatre arts, Lalita Gupte – Special Honor, Marathi Vishwa NJ – Model Marathi Mandal in USA

Program Highlights – Opening ceremony – Dindi directed by Dr. Deven Gabale, Music by Kishor Ranade,  Shridhar Phadke music concert, Natarangi Naar a lavani program – by Surekha Punekar, Meena Nerurkar Drama – Sur Maaze sobati, Premiere of the movie Veer Savarkar,  Hindi film music orchestrs by Pramila Datar, Sunil Mungee – Classical Music, Ulhas Bapat – Santoor recital, Sunita Dhumale – Closing program, Rujuta Vaidya – Dance performance, Business Expo arranged by Maratha Chamber of Commerce and Sakal newspaper.

Shri Thanedar was elected President for the two year term. Jayashree Huprikar to continue as BMM Newsletter editor.

2001

Tenth convention, Telus Convention Center, Calgary, Canada.

It was a true BMM convention and BMM took the full financial responsibility. CAMB was the local host. It was carried out as a joint effort of a small local mandal with BMM support. The delegates were given complimentary copy of the BMM directory. There was no banquet dinner. However, there was a donor appreciation luncheon for the donors whose generous help made the convention a reality.

Chief Guest: Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Abhay Bang
Coordinator: Dr. Jagannath Wani
Other dignitaries: Honarable Shri Manohar Joshi and the JMCCI delegates, Mr. Clint Dunford (Alberta Minister of Human Resources and Employment),
Opposition Leader Nitin Gadkari, Dr. Nitu Mandke, Shri Kumar Ketkar
Attendance: 1200

Major Programs: Play “Waaryaa Warachi Waraat by Bay Area artists
Suyog Production “Nandaa Saukhyabhare” starring Dilip Prabhavalkar, Vijay Kenkre, Vandana Gupte and Bharati Acharekar
Music Program: “Manik-Moti” by Chaurang. Artists included Rani Verma, Bharti Achrekar, Nilaxi Pendharkar, Sucheta Athlyekar and other talented musicians.
Registration Fee: $100 for general registration. There were donor categories also.
Souvenir: “Aakanksha Unlimited” was published at the convention. Shri Vinayak Gokhale, Vidyullekha Aklujkar and Pratibha Gokhale managed to bring out this beautiful issue.
People honored: Following are the people selected for BMM awards.

Categories were – Mayboli, marathi natak, other marathi activities, science, culture and special award for children.
BMM received 13 nominations

Other important events – Business convention, Books and business exhibition, Dr. Hanumant Deshmukh elected President.

Here are the awardees.

1. Mayboli : Pradyna and Sudhir Ambekar (Running Marathi school for 12 years)
2. Sangeet : Dr. Balvant N. Dixit , Pittsburgh (He has big accomplishment list for Musical activities)
3. Marathi Natya srushti: Ashok Kamerkar
4. Culture : Kaustubh Lele
5. Other Marathi activities: Dilip Chitre (film festival +++)
6. Special award: Shantanu Tata
7. Science: Arun Shirole
8. Judges were Neelima Kulkarni, Sandhya Deshpande and Shaila Vidwans.

Also Vinayak Gokhale was recognized for his priceless contributions to publication of Ekta and Kishore Pathare was recognized for his enormous contributions towards this convention as well as his support for BMM for many years in the past.

Other important events: Business convention, CME, Exhibition of paintings by artists Shri Sujan Rane, Three one act plays, book publications of writers from North America. For the BMM delegates MSSO had organized pre function program “Tichyaa Aai chi Gosht” and “Whay Mee Savitri” by Sushama Deshpande.

Vandana Tilak of Los Angeles was elected new President

2000

MAIYTRA took place in Marriott in New York

4th July weekend. Over 600 Marathi youth enjoyed the gala function.
Santoor player Dr. Dhananjay Daithanker, Kathak dancer Dr. Swai Daithankar and Tabla player Ramdas Palsule toured the US and performed in various cities.

Shivshahir Shri Babasaheb Purandare and his personal secretary Shri Prataprao Tipre visited the US. 17 cities – small and big – had the opportunity to attend the lectures and slide presentation.

1999

BMM Silicon Valley Convention 1999

It was one of a kind convention organized by 100+ volunteers working very hard for 1 and half year. It will be remembered forever. It will be remembered for keynote speech, Kirtan by Kirtankar Aphale, superb opening and closing ceremony, workshops on very interesting topics, business and medical conference, Asha Bhosale night, Madhuri Dixit and Ashwini Bhave’s appearance, Khel Mandiyela, Ranangan , Ekankikaas, Youth Programs, great food stalls, exhibition, classical music and for many many more.

1998

MAIYTRA convention was held in San Fransisco

Artists from India – Actor Shreekant Moghe, Singers Sawani and Bela Shende

1997

Eighth convention Boston, MA

Sponsored by New England Marathi Mandal
Chief Guest – Lata Mangeshkar
Coordinator – Dr. Sudhakar Welankiwar
Other dignitaries – Babasaheb Purandare, Prof. Ram Shewalkar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Attendance – 3500
Major Programs – Play “Janata Raja”, Music Program –
“Amrutacha Ghanu,” Drama – “Char Divas Premache”, Lecture by Babasaheb Purandare
Registration Fee $ 100
Held at Hynes Convention Center, Boston
People Honored – Kala Bhavan founder Dr. Meena Nerurkar, BMM Presidents Mohan Ranade and Dr. Suresh Bilolikar, Industrialist Suhas Patil, MAIYTRA Co ordinator Varsha Bilolikar and Arun Sangavai,

Other important events – Business convention, Three one act plays, Moreshwar Purandare was elected President

1996

MAIYTRA Convention was held in Toronto.

BMMart was established as a marketing wing of the BMM. Artist from Maharshtra – Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Padmakar Gowaikar “Mungi Udali aakashi”

1995

Seventh Convention– Houston, TX

Sponsored by Houston Marathi Mandal

Chief Guest – Writer Prof. Gangadhar Gadgil
Coordinator – Pralhad Gad, Jyoti Kulkarni, Ravi Marathe.
Other dignitaries – Chief Minister of Maharashtra Manohar Joshi, Poet Sudhir Moghe, Compere Mangala Khadilkar
Attendance – 2200
Major Programs – Solo Harmonium by Dr. Vidyadhar Oak, Natyasangeet by Dr. Kshama Vaidya, Drama by Dilip Prabhavalkar ” Chookbhool dyavi ghyavi” with Neena Kulkarni, Closing ceremony by Sudhir Moghe “Mee Vishwacha aahe”
Registration Fee $ 75
Held at George Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
People Honored – BMM President Shriram Mulgund, Maharashtra Foundation

Other important events – Business convention, Books and business exhibition, Dr. Hanumant Deshmukh elected President.

1994

Mohan Ranade, Sheela Pimplaskar and Manohar Deodhar, Mumbai retired as the editors of BMM Newsletter. Dr. Suresh Bilolikar and Devdutta Kulkarni became new editors. Sakal Papers became the correpondent from India.

MAIYTRA- organization of young Maharashtrians was formed – Ranju Sangvai and Varsha Bilolikar were the Co-Presidents of MAIYTRA. Held first MAIYTRA convention in Cincinnati.

Artists from Maharshtra – Play “Mishkili” featuring Suresh Lhare, Sudhir Gadgil, Smita Talwalkar and Swaroop Khopkar

“Gagana Gandh Aala” Srikant Pargaonkar and Anuradha Marathe and the troup

 

1993

Sixth Convention Baltimore, MD

Sponsored by Washington Kala Mandal

Chief Guest – Actress and director Mrs. Vijaya Mehta, Industrialist Mr. Pratap Shirke, Mr. Pratap Pawar, Coordinator Mrs. Malini Joglekar and Mr. Shrikrishna Pandit
Other dignitaries – Mayor of Baltimore Kirt Schmoke, Senator from Maryland Barbara Mikluski,

Attendance – 5500
Major Programs – Natya Sangeet by Asha Khadilkar, Orchestra by Marathi and other youth organized by Arun Bagal, Drama “Sarja”, Special program “Time trek Maharashtra”
Registration Fee $ 75
Held at Baltimore convention center, Baltimore, MD
People Honored BMM founders Vishnu Vaidya, Sharad Godbole and Jayashree Huparikar, Iraq war participant Col. Dr. Deshmukh, Industrialist from Rochester Sudhakar Dixit, Maharashtra Foundation founder Yeshwant Kanitkar, Marathi font developer Shrikrishna Patil, Ms. Nanda Chitre – Special Asst. to President Clinton

Other important events – A supplement to the directory was published, Book and and other business expo. Dr. Suresh Bilolikar was elected as the President for the two years.

 

1992

Vidya Hardikar-Sapre retired as the editor of the BMM Newsletter. Sheela Pimplaskar, Philadelphia, became the new editor.

BMM president Mohan Ranade visited India and held a press conference about BMM programs, gave a lecture on All India Radio, Bombay and many newspaper interviews. During his tenure visited 12 Marathi Mandals during their programs. Visited Houston to assist in planning of the convention.

First BMM sponsored tour of the artist from Maharshtra – Arun Date and the troup. 24 performances in two months. Mr. Subhash Damle, Las Angeles, organized the tour for BMM.

1991

Fifth Convention– Long Beach, CA

Sponsored by Los Angeles Marathi Mandal
Chief Guest Prof. Shivajirao Bhosale
Coordinator Dr. Vishwanath Date
Other dignitaries – Singer Sudhir Phadke, Ambassador Abid Hussain,
Attendance – 2000
Major Programs – One act play competiton, Music program by Gopal Marathe and Shobha
Ambegaonkar, Drama “Rayagadala Jeva Jaag Yete”, Music Program by Anupama Dalal,
Registration Fee $ 60
Held in Long Beach convention center,
People Honored: Singer Gopal Marathe, Sudhir Phadke
Other important events – Youth organised programs, business convention and stalls, tee shirt and other souvenir sale, sit down banquet dinner, hotel rooms instead of home arrangement. Mr. Mohan Ranade was elected President for two year term

1989

Fourth Convention– Detroit

Sponsored by Detroit Marathi Mandal
Chief Guest Writer V. P.Kale
Chief Coordinator Dr. Suresh Bilolikar
Other dignitaries – Madhav Gadkari,
Attendance – 1800
Major Programs – Katha Kathan by V. P. Kale, Entertainment Program, Drama “Choo Mantar”
Registration Fee $ 45
Held in Athens High School, Troy, MI
People honored – Social worker from Phaltan, Maharshtra; Maxine Bernstein, Food Technologist from Brazil; Vinaykumar Patwardhan, Businessman from Ottowa; Dr. Vijay Dhawale, Medical profession; software developer Arun Rele, Research Scientist Dr. Yeshwant Karkhanis, Catheret inventor Dr. Sakharam Mahurkar
Other important events – book stalls, special issue of weekly Lokaprabha from Mumbai,
First BMM directory was published.

1988

BMM Newsletter started using fonts developed by Shrikrishna Patil, San Jose, CA. Mr. Manohar Deodhar, ex news editor of Maharashtra Times, Mumbai became the major correspondent in India. Concept of Life membership for the newspaper was initiated.

1987

Third Convention– New Jersey

Sponsored jointly by three Mandals –New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia
Chief Coordinator – Dr. Deodatta Bendre
Chief Guest P. L. Deshpande
Other dignitaries – Mayor of Lodi, NJ, Sister Kaasimir of Felician College, Nanasaheb Gore, Sharad Pawar, Manohar Joshi, Sai Paranjape, Poet N. D. Mahanor, Industrialist Raosaheb Gogate, Ajit
Gulabchand, Maratha Chamber of Commerce secretary Dr. Sabade
Attendance – 2500
Major Programs – Entertainment Program – “Mridgandha” Directed by Ashok Kamerkar, Drama “Ashi Pakhare Yeti”: Directed by Dr. Vijay Pradhan, “Kavya Vachan” by Suneeta and P. L. Deshpande,
Registration Fee – $ 35 per person
Held in Felician College campus, Lodi NJ
People honored – Mathematician – Dr. Narendra Karmarkar, Marathi font developer Dr. Madhav Deshpande, Dr. Vasant Karmarkar – World Bank Director, Dr. Vijay Joshi – Internationally recognised pathologist and specialist on pediatric AIDS
Detail brochure before and after the convention was published

1986

Mohan Ranade and Vidya Hardikar-Sapre became the new editors of BMM Newsletter. Publication moved to Philadelphia from Chicago. Newspaper was converted from hand  written to computerized fonts developed by Madhav Deshpande, Detroit.

1985

Second Convention – Toronto
Chief Guest Samajvadi Party Leader – Nanasaheb Gore
Sponsor – Toronto Bhashik Mandal
Chief Coordinator – Shriram Mulgund
Attendance – 500
Major Programs – Entertainment Program and Drama
“Sakkhe Shejari” Directed by Ashok Kamerkar, Disco for the kids, Many interesting discussion sessions,
Detail report was published in a brochure form.
Registration Fee – $ 25 per person
Held in High School Auditorium, Lunch and dinner was served
Shriram Mulgund was elected as the president of BMM

1984

First Business & Social Convention – Chicago
Chief Guest – Business Convention – Raosaheb Gogate,
Social Convention – Writer D. M. Mirasdar
Chief Coordinator – Vishnu Vaidya
Attendance – 250
Major Programs – Natya Sangeet by Anand Gandharva,
One act show – “Varhad Nighalaya Londonla”
by Laxman Deshpande

1981


Established by Vishnu Vaidya, Sharad Godbole, Jayashree
Huparikar in Chicago. Started monthly BMM Newsletter – Editor – Jayashree Huparikar

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